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In this Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 photo released by Saudi Press Agency, SPA, Saudi men perform under a giant screen showing an image of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman during National Day ceremonies, at the King Fahd Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is celebrating its National Day with an array of family-friendly festivities, including allowing women to enter the main stadium in the capital, Riyadh, for the first time, to see a performance recounting the country's founding 87 years ago. The King Fahd stadium has previously been reserved for male-only crowds to watch soccer matches. (Saudi Press Agency via AP)
Saudi festivities stress unity amid political, economic woesSaudi Arabia is celebrating its National Day with an array of family-friendly festivities, including allowing women to enter the main stadium in the capital, Riyadh, for the first time, to see a performance recounting the country's founding 87 years ago
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Egypt: Life sentences for 2 over 2015 soccer violenceAn Egyptian court has sentenced two men to life in prison and a dozen others to two to ten years over deadly soccer violence in 2015 that it blamed on the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group
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Monitor: Airstrikes in Syria's Aleppo despite ceasefireA Syrian war monitoring group says airstrikes have targeted rural Aleppo for the first time in months since a cease-fire has taken hold in the province
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Iranian Guard drills near Iraq ahead of Kurdish referendumIran's powerful Revolutionary Guard has begun a military exercise in the northwestern Kurdish region near the Iraqi border ahead of a Kurdish independence referendum in the neighboring country
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Iraq's Kurds to vote on independence amid fears of unrestIraq's Kurds are set to vote in a referendum on support for independence that has stirred fears of instability across the region as the war against the Islamic State group winds down
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Saudi Arabia says it shot down ballistic missile from YemenSaudi Arabia says it shot down a ballistic missile fired by Shiite rebels and their allies in Yemen during the kingdom's National Day
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US-backed SDF says it took Syria's largest gas field from ISA senior official with the main U.S.-backed force in Syria says his fighters have captured the country's largest gas field from the Islamic State group in an eastern province that borders Iraq
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Yemen rebels pardon journalist after death sentenceYemeni Shiite rebel officials say a prominent journalist who was sentenced to death over accusations of collaborating with a Saudi-led coalition battling the group has been pardoned
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Iran tries to reconcile Syria and Hamas, rebuilding allianceIran and the militant Lebanese Hezbollah group are trying to mediate between the Palestinian Hamas and the Syrian government years after Hamas left Syria after its leadership publicly supported opponents of President Bashar Assad
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Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, top center, reviews army troops marching during the 37th anniversary of Iraq's 1980 invasion of Iran, in front of the shrine of the late revolutionary founder, Ayatollah Khomeini, just outside Tehran, Iran, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. Iran's Revolutionary Guard has unveiled its latest ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 kilometers — about 1,250 miles— capable of reaching much of the Middle East, including Israel. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
In defiance to US, Iran unveils latest missile during paradeIran's Revolutionary Guard unveils its latest ballistic missile that can reach much of Mideast, including Israel
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FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2009 file photo, Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood leader, Supreme Guide Mohammed Mahdi Akef talks during a press conference in Cairo, Egypt. Former leader of Egypt's outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group has died in hospital while on trial. The 89-year-old Akef suffered from health complications and was hospitalized in Cairo before his death on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Nasser Nouri, File)
Former leader of Muslim Brotherhood Mahdi Akef dies at 89The former leader of Egypt's outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group, Mahdi Akef, who had been detained since 2013, has died
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U.S. Army Col. Ryan Dillon, spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State group, right, and Iraq armed forces spokesman Gen. Yahyah Rasul hold a press conference in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017. Dillon said the Kurdish referendum had pulled "resources and focus" away from the fight against IS and he predicted that after swift Iraqi victories in western Anbar, the battle for Hawija will be "hard fighting." (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)
The Latest: Turkey says Kurdish referendum plans illegalTurkey's highest security body has branded as "illegal and unacceptable" plans by Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region to hold a referendum on independence
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Syrian Kurds vote as part of move toward federal systemSyrian Kurds begin voting in their communities in attempt to move toward federal system within Syria
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Iraqi Shiite militias join battle for IS-held town of HawijaSpokesman says Iraq's mostly Shiite paramilitary forces have joined battle against IS in contested province of Kirkuk
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Jordan's young crown prince makes global debut in UN speechJordan's 23-year-old crown prince debuts at UN General Assembly, signaling he's being groomed for prominent role
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